NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Technology stocks have outperformed the broader markets this year, and that's expected to continue.
It's one of 12 sectors where investors should put their money, according to TheStreet's Jim Cramer. In each of Cramer's 12 sectors, "you can almost throw darts and win with a couple of rare exceptions," Cramer wrote in Here Are 12 Sectors to Bet On on the Real Money Web site.
The S&P Information Technology Sector Index is up 20% this year compared to the broader S&P 500 index this year, which is up 12%.
We've listed Cramer's picks alongside the TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary stock rating tool which projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 30 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating stocks. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.
Cramer's analysis and that of TheStreet Ratings may differ as Cramer may evaluate stocks without regard to time horizon, while TheStreet Ratings uses consensus estimates for the next 12 months only. In addition, changes in TheStreet Ratings may lag Jim Cramer's analysis, as consensus estimates may take some time to change meaningfully.
"You know that Apple (AAPL) , at two discount points to the average S&P 500 stock, will be THE stock that people must show they own," Cramer wrote, but there are other tech companies that deserve attention, including chip stocks, semiconductors and even two big Internet companies.
Check out Cramer's top picks in the tech sector.